Animal Rights Advocates Mad Over Predator Control Program

Governor Murkowski says that people in rural Alaska depend on game

Karen Pearson / KTUU / Channel 2 / Anchorage / February 1, 2004


Wildlife Conservation group is howling mad over the start of a state-sponsored predator control program that they say was shrouded in secrecy.

Fourteen wolves were killed late last week in the Nelchina Basin area, about 100 miles northeast of Anchorage.

Those numbers were first reported to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Monday but the information was not released to the public until Friday.

The Alaska Wildlife Alliance says the program simply goes against the wishes of the people.

Alaskan voters banned the practice of aerial wolf hunting through an initiative process in both 1996 and 2000.

"If the Alaskan voters get to see what's going on, as well as the nation, you can imagine there would be an outrage over this, especially since the message has been given so clearly to the state legislature and to the Governor, don't do this," said Paul Joslin who is with the Alaska Wildlife Alliance.

"So I think it represents pretty much the reflection the attitude of the people in the area that have a dependency on the game and a lot of outsiders have a hard time realizing that people in rural Alaska do depend on game," said Gov. Murkowski. --


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